6 great home styling tips from the Queer Eye reboot

It’s been 15 years since Queer Eye for a Straight Guy graced our screens, and the new Netflix reboot, Queer Eye, promises a fresh take for 2018 – particularly when it comes to home makeovers.

In the new series, the Fab Five – Antoni, Bobby, Jonathan, Karamo and Tan – cruise around Atlanta, Georgia, making over men’s lives from the ground up, and just generally making us swoon.

Bobby Berk is our home renovation guru, and he’s full of fab advice – some of which I’ve stolen and will be incorporating into my life ASAP.

The Fab Five – Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, and Tan France. Picture: Netflix

1. Rugs are recommended outdoor accessories

Perhaps I’m not hanging out with enough fancy people, but I don’t see a lot of outdoor rugs.

However, in Queer Eye world, you would think that everyone is placing beautifully patterned statement rugs under their boring, old patio tables. It’s pretty fabulous if you’re into details.

A rug instantly injects cosiness to your outdoor space. Picture: Netflix

2. Black is the new white

If you remained in doubt about black kitchens, you need not any longer. The Queer Eye team is making everything black, from kitchen cabinets to black grout and bedroom walls.

“Most people think black walls make rooms feel smaller,” Bobby explains in the episode ‘Saving Sasquatch’. “It’s actually the opposite. It adds depth to a room.”

However, before you go “adding depth” to your whole house, it’s crucial to note he was only referring to a single feature wall. So, don’t go overboard.

Black doesn’t make a space feel smaller, in fact, it adds depth and looks incredible – as seen in this black kitchen makeover. Picture: Netflix

3. Sometimes, all you need is a new door knob

In almost every Queer Eye home makeover, it’s like a lick of paint and a few switched out taps and door handles can revolutionise a dowdy eighties bathroom into a Pinterest-worthy masterpiece.

The lesson is, if you’re doing a bathroom or kitchen renovation on a budget, door handles are the easiest place to start.

4. Contrast…

This may seem obvious to even the most amateur decorator, but Bobby explained it better than most.

“When you’re picking out different materials for a room, you always need a contrast to draw the eye around the room. I like doing darker floors and lighter things on top because it draws the eye upwards,” he explains.

In layman’s terms, if you’re redoing a kitchen make your tiles or cabinets dark, and bench tops light. Genius.

5. …But also complement

We always see Bobby seizing upon interesting details in a space – for instance, a single colour in an artwork, or a particular type of wood used in railings or beams – and replicating it throughout the room.

So, if you have an artwork with a vibrant green, use that colour in your cushions and curtains.

The jewel blue tones of these velvet curtains and cushions tie together in this living room space. Picture: Netflix

6. Personal touches are key

The one thing you will notice throughout the series is that the Fab Five aren’t slaves to a trend. While they are, of course, impeccably stylish, they always make a point – particularly with interiors – to highlight personal touches.

Family photographs, personal artworks – any items of personal significance – are always brought to the forefront.

The Fab Five favour personal touches over trends. Picture: Netflix

Originally published as 6 great home styling tips from the Queer Eye reboot by Rebecca Mitchell. Author at realestate.com.au.

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